How States Invest Byrne JAG

Byrne JAG Investments and Impact

NCJA has developed a series of one-pagers detailing how states invest Byrne Justice Assistance Grant (Byrne JAG) dollars, as well as the impact of these investments on state and local criminal justice communities. Data for the state and topical one-pagers was gathered through NCJA’s biennial data collection which asks State Administering Agencies (SAA) how the state spent the formula portion of its Byrne JAG money in calendar year 2016. The most recent year’s data collection also included comprehensive interviews with SAA staff where states were asked to provide examples of some of their most successful programs and initiatives.

See a chart showing total Byrne JAG spending by project type in calendar year 2016.



Programs Funded by Byrne JAG

The Library of Byrne JAG Promising Programs contains examples of promising programs in all 50 states and Washington, DC funded by Byrne JAG in calendar year 2016. This library demonstrates how JAG is invested in other jurisdictions to help users generate ideas and potentially replicate promising programs.

The Impact of Byrne JAG on the Criminal Justice System

Cornerstone for Justice

In May 2011, NCJA published Cornerstone for Justice: Byrne JAG and its Impact on the Criminal Justice System. This report explores innovations across the criminal justice system through the lens of the Byrne JAG program. It discusses current trends in law enforcement, courts, information technology, community corrections and reentry policy, substance abuse prevention and treatment, victims support, and juvenile delinquency prevention, while highlighting program data and examples of innovation from states across the country.

Promoting System Change

Using Byrne Justice Assistance Grant (Byrne JAG) funds, State Administering Agencies in nearly every state have made remarkable strides in broadening stakeholder involvement, developing statewide strategic plans, and funding evidence-based and data-generating projects, all for the purpose of improving the justice system and reducing crime. The 2013 NCJA report, The Impact of the Byrne Justice Assistance Grant Program: How Byrne JAG is Changing the Criminal Justice System, highlights the work done in the states to affect real and lasting change in their criminal justice systems.

Byrne JAG Success Stories

The Bureau of Justice Assistance's JAG Success Stories was designed to identify and highlight JAG projects that have demonstrated success or shown promise in reducing crime and positively impacting communities. The BJA has now expanded the concept of the JAG Showcase to other BJA grant programs and created a new BJA Success Story web page. This new web page will be a valuable resource for states, localities, territories, tribes, and criminal justice professionals who seek to identify and learn about JAG and other successful BJA-funded projects linked to innovation, crime reduction, evidence-based practices, etc.